How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?

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Peptic ulcers are often diagnosed through endoscopy or x-ray. An endoscope is a camera at the end of a long tube. The doctor guides the endoscope from the throat into the stomach and uses the camera to look for the ulcers. In the x-ray test, the patient first swallows a barium solution that helps reveal ulcers. Peptic ulcers can also be diagnosed by breath tests, blood tests, or stool tests that can identify the bacteria Helicobacter pylori or its antibodies.

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Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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